Hi friends! So the past week was really fun, even though I have not gone on any Bear Grylls-like adventures yet. On Friday we had to go pìck up 400 trees that were donated to us, so we rented a truck to carry them. Then, because there wasnt room in the cab for all of us, we rode in the back. Which probably doesn´t sound that cool, but it was actually a looot of fun, and the drive was awesome. I´ll try to post pictures but I´m in a rush today.
So, I don`t know if anyone remembers, but back home I joked a lot about how difficult eating will be for me here, and how with my luck some family who has very little money will make a big effort to buy and cook me a meal that is considered a delicacy but is really just gross to me. Well, we are helping build a house for a family whose house was destroyed in the rain. Well, Brad is building it, and sometimes I help him carry blocks or clean up at the end of the day. But since it´s almost done, we have been painting it. To thank us, the family bought a bunch of cuyes and fried them up for lunch. What are cuyes? Well. in the US we refer to them as guinea pigs. Yeah, I ate a guinea pig. We insisted that they don´t spend the money on us, since one cuy costs $8 dollars and they would have had to buy like ten, and even for us it´s a lot of money to buy an $8 entree for ten people, so imagine what it´s like for someone in Ecuador. Well, they went ahead and did it anyway, so I felt even more pressured to eat because it was such a strain for them. Luckily, it turned out to be pretty delicious, if you ignored its little claws. Luckily, mine was headless, since they probably knew I would have trouble eating something that was staring at me.
After lunch, it started to rain so Jane and I went to the big Saturday market in Otavalo and I bought a few things, but mostly I was excited to finally see the market!
Finally, yesterday was Eric´s birthday party. Eric is my ¨brother¨ for the next couple of months. We were painting before lunch and I managed to get paint all over myself and get all sweaty, then came up for lunch and found a bunch of people there for the party party. I didn´t have time to clean up, so I was a mess, but we ate delicious food like steak, hot dogs, ribs, corn on the cob, and plantains, all grilled. SOoooo goood. And we danced all day. They played a lot of traditional music, not traditional like indigenous Andean but like Latin, and some reggaeton, and even a little hip hop that I recognized. Luckily, it had started raining pretty hard so we couldn´t feel bad for not continuing to work on the house.
Anyway, that´s all for now. Sorry I don´t always respond to facebook comments, but I´m usually in a hurry and just have time to quickly write. I hope everyone is doing well!